Today I Was Schooled

I’d really like to think I’m smarter than a four year old but when it comes to technology I just might be slipping behind.  About a week or so ago I bought a new phone.  After years of the very basic of the basic of all phones, I bought *drum roll please* ….an EVO

And I have no idea how to use it.  I’m still figuring out all it can do though in all honesty I never really will learn it all.

Today I was at work and I was talking with one of the four year olds and he pulled out my phone and asked if it had any games on it.  As a matter of fact, I have one.  Angry Birds.  A game I had never heard of until a week ago and have only played two or three times.  Most recently was last night when I tried for almost a half hour to complete level 10.

I turn the game on and start to tell the four year old how to make the bird fly out of the slingshot.  He interrupts me and says, “You have to push on your phone with your finger.”  To which I replied with, “No, you move your finger like this and let go.”

No sooner had I done that when he jabs his little finger on my phone and wouldn’t you know that one bird turned into three birds and killed all the pigs and advanced me to the next level.  Seriously?!?  Thirty minutes I spent on that stupid level and a four year old completes it with the push of a finger.

It’s crazy to think about all the things kids know about and know how to do these days.  And just like I’ve never lived in the world when man hadn’t been on the moon, these kids have never lived when there weren’t cell phones or ipods (among other things). It reminds me of the song What a Wonderful World when Louis Armstrong sings, “I hear babies cry,I watch them grow.  They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know.” I can’t even imagine what kind of advances in technology these kids are going to see in their lifetime.  It’s just crazy.

 

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4 thoughts on “Today I Was Schooled

  1. Ummmmm….you think you’re behind? I’ve never even heard of an EVO. Did I just admit that? Well yes I did and it’s true. 😦

    Ok then I’m not as bad off as I thought. haha just kidding.

  2. Heeey there! I’ve been without regular internet service for over a month or so now so I got way behind on all my regular blogs. I just got it up and running again tonight, so I’m spending some time catching up everything. I just read your last few posts and I gotta say I’ve really missed this place.

    As for the schooling, I know what you mean. I was just thinking the other day that my little cousins have never known a time when there wasn’t an internet. When I was their age the best we could do in elementary school was play Oregon Trail and Number Munchers on the giant Apple computers where your monitor and keyboard were all one big unit. When the internet came along I was confused at first and didn’t even know what it was. I remember when just getting on dial-up and IM’ing someone was the biggest thrill ever.

    Wow, thanks for making me feel old.

    I was wondering where you were. Seems like a lot of people have been MIA, well at least on my blog. You know, where about the same age so if you’re feeling old just what are saying? I totally remember Oregon Trail. Loved that game! We also had some timed spelling game with a cat but I don’t remember what it was called. I think I first got on the internet when I was in college. At least that’s when I got my hotmail account. My roommate had a dial up and we would go into chat rooms and IM with people and you’re right – it was the biggest thrill ever. haha lame.

  3. I refuse to buy a touch phone cause i know I will get my ass kicked by it. My son is a pro. His dad got him an iPod touch (he is 6) and he just whips around on that thing like its part of his arm. Scary. I guess it’s good preparation for the generation that will be living In the Matrix.

    Geez, an ipod touch? I don’t really even get what those do. I’ll need to re-watch the Matrix and use it as a study guide for the future.

  4. It’s so true! Wow, I hear little kids talking about iPhones and iPods and such all the time. And, like you said, they know how to use them! I saw a barely 2-year-old playing on his mom’s iPhone the other day. It’s amazing.

    Crazy right?! And he wasn’t the only kid at the preschool that knew how to play the game.

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